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Editorial: What is it that touches your heart?

04 Mar 2012 | Michael McVeigh

What is it that touches your heart? Earlier this year, the international leader of the Society of Jesus Fr Adolfo Nicolas was asked by a young Australian, 'What advice would you give to a young person trying to discern their career or occupational path, who has an interest in serving the poor, but does not necessarily want to dedicate their entire life to this service?'


Teaching right and wrong

12 Dec 2011 | Michael McVeigh

Teaching right and wrongThere's an old adage, 'give me a child until he's seven, and I will give you the man' (we're not sure if the hypothetical scenario takes more, or less, time for women).


Harry Potter and the Seven Heavenly Virtues

12 Dec 2011 | Michael McVeigh

Harry Potter and the Seven Heavenly Virtues The Harry Potter stories delighted us with stories of epic Quidditch matches and heroic efforts to defeat the evil wizard Voldemort. But the way Harry and his friends face obstacles they encounter can also teach us about how to face problems in our own lives.


Facing a moral dilemma

12 Dec 2011 | Michael McVeigh

Facing a moral dilemma We asked some students at St Patrick's College in Shorncliffe, Queensland, to write about a moral dilemma they have faced.


Editorial

31 May 2011 | Michael McVeigh

It's a happy coincidence that this edition on science and religion comes out shortly after the beatification of Pope John Paul II.


Editorial: Parish in the 21st century

23 Apr 2011 | Michael McVeigh

A great deal has been written in recent years about the decline of the Catholic Church. Certainly if you look at the numbers, there has been a diminishment over the last few decades. Where once Sunday Mass was a major part of people's lives, today fewer than 14 per cent of Catholics attend Mass regularly.


The changing face of the Church in Australia

09 Mar 2011 | Michael McVeigh

The changing face of the Church in AustraliaThere is no doubt that the Catholic Church in Australia is in the middle of a period of change. Three generations have been turning their backs away from going to Mass each week. It began with the Baby Boomer generation and new ideas on individual expression and freedom that broke down older social structures. The Church attempted to move with the times after Vatican II , but the reforms were either too much, or too little, depending on who you talk to.


Editorial

06 Jan 2011 | Michael McVeigh

In Australia, summer and sport go hand in hand, whether it's cricket on the beach, or touch football in the park. Our beautiful climate and many open spaces are a gift for sports-lovers to savour.


Living relationships

23 Dec 2010 | Michael Mcveigh

Living relationshipsCaring for the environment is about changing the way we see ourselves in relation to the world around us.


Editorial: Conversations between religions

23 Dec 2010 | Michael McVeigh

Often when people talk of Australia being a secular society it's a way to shut out religious voices. But at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Melbourne last December, we saw a secular world where people of different faiths sat side by side, listening and sharing, and delivering common messages.


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